Since 2004 the proportion of working-age people who are graduates or have a similar level of qualification has nearly trebled in Newham. In Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Bexley it has gone up by more than 130%.
Despite the recent increases these boroughs still have some of the lowest levels of people educated to what is called NVQ4+ level. This includes bachelor and post-graduate degrees, HNC, HND, BTEC higher level and some professional qualifications, such as nursing and accountancy.
Havering has the lowest level in the capital with 28% while in inner London boroughs at least half the working-age population has reached this level of education.
In the City of London 88% of people are graduates or the equivalent. In the wealthy south west areas of Wandsworth and Richmond it is more than 70%.
London has a better qualified workforce than any other region of the UK. In London, 52% of people have been educated to NVQ4+ level compared to 38% for England as a whole. Just 7% of Londoners have no academic or professional qualifications.